Week 19, 2014

Week 19 = 5-11 May 2014

Returned from trip to Sweden. Giro d’Italia started. Conchita Wurst won the Eurovision.

Japanese:

  • Some talking with Kohei (Saturday)
  • Memrise: 1,698

Anime:

  • Hunter x Hunter, episode 128
  • Yowamushi Pedal, episode 30

TV:

  • 24, season 9, episode 1-2
  • Talentless Straight Men Playing With Big Production Budgets, episode 7-8. (Also known as Lilyhammer. What a sad second season.)
  • Eurovision Song Contest

Books:

  • Hans Blüher: Die deutsche Wandervogelbewegung als erotisches Phänomen. Last chapters – Aus der Freitöter-Chronik des Wandervogels, Die Freigabe der Inversion als psychosanitäre Forderung, Anhang – (p. 122-157) = finished this fantastic book from 1906 about the German scout movement and its early scandals.

CSS3:

  • Chapter 8: Adding Graphics to Web Pages (p. 239-291)

Read up on Ukraine in Der Spiegel 18/2014, cover story “Krieg in Europa?”:

  • Vier Tage in Slowjansk (p. 22-28)
  • “Ich kann die Angst verstehen” – Interview mit Außenminister Frank-Walter Steinmeier (p. 26)
  • Wir reaktionären Versteher – Essay von Erhard Eppler (p. 30-31)

Various:

Road bike:

  • Saturday: Tempelhof x 10 (64 km)

Eurovision 2014

Watching Eurovision 2014

We used a simple scale of 1-5, where 1 is the worst and 5 the best. I gave 13 of the 26 songs a 1, but the bad quality of the songs was at least somewhat compensated by watching them on a 60-inch plasma.

We were all very happy to see Conchita Wurst win. It feels very symbolic to Europe and these times with such a win. Maybe it will get historic status as some kind of peak for Western modernity, as Conchita symbolizes the modern gay persona with her female looks and beard. Maybe it will be looked back upon as sweet naivety, as this historical parenthesis will inevitably close, just like the one in 1920s Berlin had to. (Ever the optimist, me.)

PS: We were 2 Swedes, 2 Germans, 1 French, 1 American and 1 Japanese!

Giro d’Italia and a new bike doujinshi

Delivery from Alice Books, Tokyo

自転車男子に恋をした③ by Akira Yomoyama

Perfect timing on the latest delivery from Alice Books: 「自転車男子に恋をした③」by Akira Yomoyama.

I’m opening it as I’m watching the first stage (except the time trial yesterday) of Giro d’Italia, and relaxing with Erdinger Alkoholfrei after ten rounds on Tempelhof. I’m paying for something called “Eurosport Player”!

Eine der großen Errungenschaften der Säkularisierung war, dass der Begriff der Moral aus dem Diskurs herausfliegt. Dass er heute wieder zurückkommt, liegt auch daran, dass diejenigen, die diesen Begriff bekämpft haben, also die Frauen- und die Homosexuellenbewegungen in ihren Home-Ehen-Paradiesen gefangen sind. Sie glauben, sie haben alles erreicht und sagen nichts mehr dazu.

—Florian Mildenberger, Medizinhistoriker (link)

Week 18, 2014

Week 18 = 28 April – 4 May 2014

Anime:

  • Hunter x Hunter, episode 119-127 ← And so I’ve caught up with the currently airing episodes! It’s been an, well, awesome spring, devouring this mainstream adventure anime in big chunks. From now on it will be only 1 episode per week. Hunter x Hunter is now my most watched anime after having overtaken Ashita no Joe and Ashita no Joe 2, which together make up 126 episodes (79 + 47).
  • Yowamushi Pedal, episode 28-29 ← This one too is currently airing in Japan. I usually watch it while drinking an Erdinger Alkoholfreies Weißbier and eating Fisch Madras with Knoblauch Naan after my rides on Tempelhof.

TV:

  • Lilyhammer 2, episode 5-6. ← I must say this once quite amusing TV series is quickly losing it as it’s turning more and more … grabbig for each episode. The script doesn’t match the fun idea and the good actors anymore. Too bad.

Podcasts:

  • Animeradion 77
  • Bögministeriet 61

CSS3 – the missing manual:

  • Chapter 7 (p. 193-237): Margins, Padding, and Borders

Books:

  • Hans Blüher: Die deutsche Wandervogelbewegung als erotisches Phänomen. Kapitel 7 (p. 92-121): Die neurotische Erkrankung der Wandervogelbewegung.

Exhibition:

  • Östasiatiska museet, Stockholm: Japan – Kingdom of Characters. ← One room, six posters, three figures – what a scam!

Various:

Road bike:

  • Tuesday: Tempelhof x 10 (64 km)
  • Thursday: Tempelhof x 10 (64 km)

Trip to Sweden.